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Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in New York, NY

Richard A. Gurfein
Gurfein Douglas LLP
11 Park Place, Suite 1100
New York, NY 10007-2801
Phone Work 212-406-1600
Fax Fax 212-406-4779
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2015
Licensed Since: 1972
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%), Class Action/Mass Torts (30%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%)
Industry Groups: American Association For Justice, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Public Justice


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2015

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Richard A. Gurfein has been passionate about protecting the rights of injured clients for more than 40 years. He handles a wide variety of personal injury matters, including product liability, medical malpractice and mass torts. Mr. Gurfein is board-certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification and has helped numerous clients obtain sizeable settlements and verdicts. His impressive track record has earned him a membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum. At Gurfein Douglas LLP, Mr. Gurfein accepts clients in New York and Massachusetts for single cases, and nationwide clients for mass torts.

After receiving his Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Mr. Gurfein earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York. Prior to beginning his law career, Mr. Gurfein was an electrical engineer and taught high school math — experiences that have helped him effectively present cases to juries and judges. He continues to teach by lecturing on various topics at continuing legal education programs.

Mr. Gurfein's achievements have earned him the recognition and respect of his peers. Along with being listed in "Who's Who in American Law," "Who's Who in the World" and other publications from Marquis Who's Who LLC, Mr. Gurfein frequently appears on television and radio programs to speak about high-profile cases he has handled. Mr. Gurfein served as president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and chaired the Committee on Medical Jurisprudence for the Nassau County Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice and serves as president of, an internet service company.

Certifications and Credentials

About Richard Gurfein

Law School: Brooklyn Law School

Admitted: 1972, New York

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Honors and Awards:

  • Recognized, Completion of Post Graduate and Continuing Legal Education, Advocate, National College of Advocacy, 2004
  • Awarded, Trial Lawyer Who Combines Courtroom Skill and Humane Concern on behalf of the Rights of the Injured., Crown of Good Name Award, Institute of Jewish Humanities, 1996
  • Who's Who in American Law and 4 other Who's Who publications
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy 2010-present, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Co-Chair, Committee on Technology, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Editorial Board, "Bill of Particulars", Newsletter of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Exchange Advisory Committee, American Association for Justice, 2007
  • President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1995
  • President-Elect, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • First Vice President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • Second Vice President, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
  • Secretary, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Treasurer, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • Deputy Treasurer, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • Chairman, Committee on Medical Jurisprudence, Nassau County Bar Association, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1972
  • New York, 1972

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • The article gives the reader a cookbook for the preparation of a judgment under the structured judgment provisions of the New York State Civil Practice Law ad Rules.  Using the economic and financial formulas in Excel, the reader is instructed on the law regarding the entry of judgments for larger verdicts in New York State., Author, Using Excel® to prepare a judgment under Article 50-A and 50-B of the CPLR, 2000

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $6,783,203 verdict on behalf of a 13 year old boy whose leg was run over by the middle wheel of an extended length bus., 2011
  • $7,400,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 60 year old woman who became paralyzed in both legs and one arm after her doctors failed to diagnose an infection in her spine., 2010
  • $3,250,000.00 settlement for a child with cerebral palsy. Obstetrician fell asleep while waiting for her pregnant patient who had significant bleeding to arrive at the hospital. No one woke the doctor., 2007
  • $2,750,000.00 settlement by pediatrician and Hospital radiation oncologist for sterilization of 16 year old girl while treating Hodgkins Dissease., 2007
  • $5,750,000.00 verdict in Fulton County, New York for the failure to diagnose a post-partum infection in a 20 year old lady who had delivered her second child without complications. The delay resulted in loss of all female organs and significant injury to intestines., 2006
  • $2,312,258.33 verdict for a 28 year old mechanic who was using a Genie hydraulic man-lift which tipped over., 2006
  • $435,000.00 settlement in Syracuse, NY for a birth injury to the infant's arm called Erb's Palsy., 2005
  • $450,000.00 verdict for a choregrapher against his orthopedist who operated on the wrong knee. , 2005
  • $5,493,000.00 settlement in Brooklyn, NY for birth injuries to infant causing cerebral palsy., 2004
  • $531,010.00 verdict in Queens, NY for injuries to motorcylce driver who was cut off by private car on Lexington Ave, NY, NY, 2003
  • $675,000.00 settlement in Jefferson County, NY for Erb's Palsy injury to infant during delivery., 2003
  • $1,000,000.00 settlement against livery cab struck while making a U-turn in LaGuardia Airport, Queens, NY, 2003
  • $4,500,000.00 in Brooklyn, NY for birth injuries to infant causing cerebral palsy., 2003


Educational Background:

  • New York University, School of Engineering and Science, New York, New York, United States of America, B.E. in E.E., 1967
Last Updated: 9/18/2015
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